In its recent press release, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the giant global forwarding company, Air Express International U.S.A., Inc. and Danzas Corporation, which operate under the name DHL Global Forwarding, had agreed to settle its racial discrimination lawsuit.
The said lawsuit was brought against DHL by the EEOC on behalf of the nine Hispanic employees who claimed that they were subjected to national origin discrimination in their workplace.
The lawsuit claims that the Hispanic employees at the company’s Dallas warehouse were repeatedly subjected to mockery and disparaging remarks such as ”wetback,” ”beaner,” ”stupid Mexican,” ”Salvadoran,” and ”Puerto Rican b___h.” In addition, Salvadoran workers were often ridiculed by DHL personnel with humiliating slurs such as referring them as a ”salvatrucha,” which is a term that refers to a gangster. Also, other Hispanics were being told by the non-Hispanic workers that they are better off outside the facility doing the grass mowing or that their friends were featured on a TV show about prison. Moreover, they were also warned about their use of Spanish language while on the job.
Apparently, the agency believes that such harsh admonitions were motivated by prejudice, which is unnecessary and unrelated to the effective job performance of the employees.
Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that despite being informed about the misconduct, DHL’s officials ignored the complaints and even retaliated against a male employee by firing him when he reported the discriminatory conducts to company officials on numerous occasions.
As it is, racial discrimination, including national origin discrimination in the workplace and retaliation for complaining, violates the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Incidentally, Employment discrimination based on race or nation origin is among the most common issues that take place in the workplace, particularly in the United States, a virtual melting pot of different races. Consequently, a Los Angeles discrimination attorney is a little disappointed upon knowing that racial discrimination still continues to pile up despite the many significant social changes that happen as years go by.
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